Tristan Chen, 21, sent Jaws II in September, it’s one of the hardest single-pitch sport routes in America.
Jaws II was first climbed after the route changed from Jaws by Vasya Vorontnikov in 2007 and repeated by Mike Foley, Andrew Palmer, Paul Robinson and Daniel Woods before Chen.
The original route was climbed in 1998 by Dave Graham at 5.14b before two key holds broke.
It’s the first 5.15a that Chen has climbed, he started working on it three years ago and has spent just over 22 days projecting.
“I recruited anyone I could when they couldn’t go,” said Chen, “This was my first multi year project, and the last one I had left, so I’ll have to find some more soft climbs I guess.
“Thanks to everyone who put up with me and watched me hang at the fourth draws for hours and hours.”